Famous Birthdays, Today In History, April 13th

Born April 13th:

Actor Lyle Waggoner (known for “The Carol Burnett Show” and the tv series “ Wonder Woman” as Col. Steve Trevor) is 84. (Image: imdb.com, left to right: Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence)

Actor Edward Fox (known for the films ““The Day of the Jackal”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “Gandhi”, “Never Say Never Again”, “The Dresser” and “Wild Geese II” and the tv mini-series “Edward & Mrs. Simpson” is 81.

Actor Paul Sorvino (known for the films as “The Day of the Dolphin”, “Oh, God!”, “Reds”, “Goodfellas” and “Nixon” and the tv series “Law & Order” and “That’s Life” ) is 80.

Composer Bill Conti (Best Music/Original Score Oscar winner, known for his film scores, including “Rocky” and sequels, “For Your Eyes Only” “Dynasty” and “The Right Stuff”) is 77.

Director, actor Tony Dow (known for the tv series “Leave It To Beaver” and “The New Leave It To Beaver” as Wally Cleaver) is 74.

Singer, songwriter, producer, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Al Green (Grammy winner) is 73.

Actor Ron Perlman (known for the tv series “Beauty and the Beast” as Vincent, “The Magnificent Seven”, “Sons of Anarchy” and “Hand of God” and the film “Enemy At the Gates” and “Hellboy” films) is 69.

Singer Peabo Bryson (multiple Grammy winner, known for movie soundtracks to such films as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin”) is 68.

Actor Gary Kroeger (known for “Saturday Night Live” and the tv series “Dilbert” as various voices) is 62.

Actress Saundra Santiago (known for the tv series “Miami Vice” as Det. Gina Calabrese and “The Sopranos” as Jeannie Cusamano) is 62.

Chess champion Garry Kasparov (who many consider to be the greatest chess player of all time) is 56.

Actress Page Hannah (known for the tv series “ Fame” as Kate Riley) is 55.

Actress, comedian Caroline Rhea (known for the tv series “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” as Hilda Spellman, “Sordid Lives: The Series” and “Sydney To The Max”) is 55.

Actor Rick Schroder (known for the film “The Champ” with Jon Voight, as T .J., the tv series “Silver Spoons”, “NYPD Blue” and “24” and the tv mini-series “Lonesome Dove” and its sequel as Newt) is 49.

Actress Courtney Peldon (known for the film “Out On a Limb” with Matthew Broderick and the tv series “Harry and the Hendersons” as Darcy Payne, “Home Improvement” as Lauren and “Boston Public” as Becky Emerson) is 38.

(Sources: on-this-day.com, imdb.com)

April 13th:

1742 – George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” was first performed publicly, in Dublin, Ireland.

1796 – The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India.

1808 – William “Juda” Henry Lane perfected the tap dance.

1860 – The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacramento, California from St. Joseph, Missouri. 

1960 – The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit.

1964 – Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie “Lilies of the Field”.

1970 – An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, preventing a planned moon landing.

1979 – The world’s longest doubles ping-pong match ended after 101 hours.

1980 – The Broadway musical “Grease” closed after 3,883 performances.

1997 – Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par.

1998 – Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb.

2016 – The Golden State Warriors ended the regular season with a record of 73-9. This beat the NBA record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. 

(Source: on-this-day.com)

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